Eden Gardens
A file photo shows the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, where the India-West Indies Twenty20 international series will take place this summer.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wrote to CAB chief Avishek Dalmiya, “As negotiated with other office bearers, as per your request, you can open up for the last T20 match vs West Indies at Eden.”

For the third and final T20I between India and the West Indies on October 20, the BCCI has decided to allow 20,000 spectators, mainly CAB members, to attend. Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, emailed CAB chief Avishek Dalmiya, saying, “As discussed with other office bearers, as per your request, you can open up for the last T20 match vs West Indies at Eden.” Only CAB’s members and linked units will be able to use these complimentary tickets.

“We’re grateful to BCCI for their thoughtfulness. CAB would be able to fulfill its responsibilities to Life Associate, Annual, and Honorary members for the February 20th match if the Board gave its approval “Dalmiya had something to say about that.

Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told PTI that the organization will not allow spectators because it does not want to put the players’ health in danger.

Afterward, Dalmiya requested that the Board permit fans to enter the stadium. During the India-New Zealand T20I in November of last year, 70 percent of the fans were allowed to attend.

Up to 2500 spectators will be allowed into the corporate boxes and Dr. BC Roy Club House’s upper deck during Wednesday’s and Friday’s first two T20Is.

For the first two games, only representatives of the sponsors are allowed to attend.

Ahmedabad hosted the previous three-match ODI series in an open stadium.

An open stadium will be used for India’s upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which begins in Lucknow on February 24 with the opening T20I.

However, it’s not certain if the Board will allow spectators to watch the third T20I against the Windies at Eden Gardens.

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